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Chart Industries consolidation will cut 150 jobs in Amherst

Chart Industries will eliminate about 150 jobs at its AirSep operations in Amherst, as Chart consolidates its respiratory products division in Georgia, a company executive said Tuesday.

But Chart will continue to employ about 40 people at its AirSep commercial products division at the same Amherst complex, said Ken Webster, Chart's vice president and chief financial officer.

"It's not as if the entire Amherst operation is shutting down," Webster said.

Chart plans to cease its respiratory products engineering production in Amherst by the end of March 2017, Webster said. Some of the affected employees will be given an opportunity to transfer to Canton, Ga., where Chart will consolidate its respiratory products operations into a "center of excellence," he said.

The respiratory and commercial products divisions operate from separate buildings at its complex on Creekside Drive, so the company will scale back the amount of property it uses, Webster said. The commercial division's products include oxygen generating systems, often used by industrial operations.

Chart decided to consolidate the respiratory products operations in Georgia because that is where the majority of those operations are already based, he said.

AirSep was founded in 1987. Cleveland-based Chart bought the company in 2012 for up to $180 million.

 

 

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